Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Paris

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Helo everyone, on this occasion we will show you the top 10 things to do in Paris. Quoted from Wikipedia, Paris is the capital of France. It is located on the river Seine, in northern France, in the heart of the le-de-France region (also known as the "Paris Region"; French: Région parisienne).

Since 1860 the City of Paris has not changed, the city has a population of about 2,167,994 people (January 2006). The Paris unité urbaine (or Urban area) extends beyond the administrative city limits and had an estimated 9.93 million inhabitants in 2005. The Paris aire urbaine (or Metropolitan area) has a population of nearly 12 million people, and is one of the most densely populated Metropolitan areas in Europe.

Here are 10 recommended tourist destinations in Paris

1. MONTMARTRE

Montmartre is a charming hillside neighborhood with stunning views of Paris. It is a popular place for world-renowned artists who work and live in and around Montmartre. Artists like Picasso or Van Gogh find inspiration in the picturesque streets and atmosphere of Montmartre.

Even today you will see other painters and artists working on their next piece of art. At the top of the hill you will find the famous Sacré-Cœur basilica, important political and cultural monuments and architectural marvels. Don't miss the nearby Saint-Pierre Church and the adorable little vineyard near the Montmartre Museum.

At the foot of the hill is the famous Moulin Rouge, the historic birthplace of the French cancan dance. The Moulin Rouge is now a popular tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment performances.

2. NOTRE-DAME

Notre-Dame de Paris which means "Our Lady of Paris" is a famous medieval gothic cathedral located on the island in the center of Paris called le de la Cité. The cathedral is full of impressive gothic elements and architectural details.

Notre-Dame was mostly completed in the 13th century and was badly damaged during the French Revolution until it was saved from destruction by Napoleon who used the cathedral to crown himself emperor of France.

The cathedral is widely known for the story of the Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo. Don't miss the nearby Conciergerie, a former medieval royal palace and prison during the French Revolution, now mostly used for courts of law.

It was also the last prison to hold Marie Antoinette. You can walk around the island and imagine what life in Paris was like centuries ago on its beautiful authentic streets.

3. CATACOMBS OF PARIS

Discover the impressive underground Paris by visiting the Catacombs of Paris, a shadow land of underground tunnels and galleries beneath the busy streets of Paris.

The ossuaries known as the catacombs date back to the 18th century when the remains of more than six million people were transferred to a network of underground tunnels of former stone quarries to reduce the growing number of cemeteries in Paris.

As you walk through the tunnel, you'll see signs of the road you were in as well as the names of the original burial sites from which the remains were moved.

4. EIFFEL TOWER

The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most recognized attractions and the most visited paid monument in the world. Including the tip, the Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet high and is the tallest structure in Paris. It was built in 1889 by the company owned by engineer Gustaf Eiffel as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair and was originally supposed to be demolished thereafter.

Initially received criticism from many famous Parisian artists. The tower offers three floors and to reach the second floor you can even climb 674 stairs if you don't want to take the elevator. Did you know that there is a little secret apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower? It was built by Eiffel for himself and to entertain scientific elites like Thomas Edison?

5. MUSEUM

Paris is home to more than 100 museums. The most famous museum in Paris is the Louvre, which is the largest art museum in the world, featuring permanent exhibitions from the world's most famous artists, including Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

You can start the tour by entering through the impressive glass pyramid. Les Invalides is a complex of buildings and monuments related to French military history including the tomb of Napoleon. The Pompidou Centre, designed in a high-tech architectural style, houses the largest modern art museum in Europe.

Don't miss the nearby Stravinsky Fountain. The Musée d'Orsay is located in a former train station and houses a large collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces.

6. CHAMPS- LYSÉES

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a 1.2-mile long street located in the center of Paris and is considered one of the most recognizable streets in the world. The hotel has many luxury shops,theater and cafe.

The Champs-Élysées is the site of the annual Bastille Day military parade, and the finish line for the Tour de France cycling race. Before becoming a fashionable street in the late 18th century, the site was mostly occupied by fields and gardens.

On the west side, the Champs-Élysées ends with the Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 and inaugurated in 1836, dedicated to the armies of the Revolution and the Empire. Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, added in 1921.

7. PARK AND GARDEN

Paris is full of beautiful city parks and parks where you can walk, jog, read a book or simply soak in the atmosphere and experience the Parisian lifestyle.

Some of the best parks include: Tuileries Park is located right next to the Louvre museum and was a popular meeting place for Parisians in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Luxembourg Gardens were created in 1612 as the gardens of the Luxembourg Palace, which is now the seat of the French Senate.

Bois de Vincennes is the largest public park in the city featuring a lake, gardens, zoo, botanical garden, castle and other attractions.

8. PERE LACHAISE CEMETERY

Père Lachaise Cemetery, founded in 1804, is the largest cemetery in Paris and is supposed to be the most visited cemetery in the world. The cemetery is the resting place of many world famous personalities including Jim Morrison, Dith Piaf, Balzac and Oscar Wilde.

Stroll and explore the many streets of the more than 100-acre cemetery filled with Gothic graves, burial chambers, and ancient mausoleums. The cemetery contains 70,000 burial plots.

9. LA DFENSE BUSINESS DISTRICT

La Défense is the largest business district in Europe which has many of the tallest buildings in Paris and a large shopping center with many restaurants and cinemas.

La Défense features the impressive modern architectural masterpiece La Grande Arche, a 364-foot-high cube that mimics the shape of the Arc de Triomphe.

You can visit the observation deck and see that the building is in perfect harmony with the Arc de Triomphe located in the center of Paris , more than two miles away.

10. VERSAILLES

The Palace of Versailles was the impressive royal residence of the French king from 1682 until the start of the French Revolution in 1789. The Château de Versailles is located about 12 miles from central Paris and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This visit offers an insight into the lifestyle of the abundant French nobility before the French Revolution. Walk through the Royal Hall of Mirrors, royal apartments, the Royal Opera and the sprawling Gardens of Versailles.

The history of Versailles did not stop with the French Revolution. Part of the Paris Peace Treaty under which Britain recognized the independence of the United States and the Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended the First World War, were both signed here.

Those are some of the tourist attractions that you must visit in Paris, I hope this article is useful for those of you who are looking for a vacation spot in Paris.

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